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Iroquois Lacrosse Team Denied Visas By UK

What had been a bad-news story that turned into a good-news story has once again been transformed into a bad-news story with the report that the British government has denied the Iroquois national lacrosse team visas to enter England for an international tournament.

The British government won't allow the team to attend the tournament so long as its members don't have U.S. or Canadian passports.

This news comes after the U.S. State Department had decided earlier Wednesday to give team members born in the U.S. waivers from requirements that they hold valid U.S. passports.

American Indian members of the team have traveled internationally for years using tribally issued passports. But this year's Iroquois team has run headlong into the tighter passport rules that have gone into effect in the years since the 9/11.

The Iroquois team's members have refused to use U.S. or Canadian passports since they view them as affronts to their Indian identity.

The tournament starts Thursday. It appears it will do so without the Iroquois team.

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